Quick Facts about Cystic Fibrosis
US prevalence is ~35,000 indivdiuals.
CF can affect the lungs, liver, pancreas, kidney, and intenstines, to name a few.
It affects primary caucasian populations, although not exclusively.
Universal newborn screening has allowed CF to be diagnosed upon birth.
Common symptoms include, but are not limited to, high salt concentrations in sweat; persistent coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath; frequent lung infections; poor growth or weight gain.
Both parents must pass on their defective CFTR gene for their offspring to have CF.
Although treatments allow for management of the disease, there is no known cure for it.